About us

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The Rye Harbour Discovery Project is being developed jointly by Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. It is a key project for both organisations, and is being managed by the Trust’s senior management team, supported by professional advisers, all highly experienced either in designing and managing visitor centre projects in sensitive environments, or raising the vital funds needed to bring them to fruition.

Many of our Patrons are household names, and we’re supported by an Appeal Board, all of whom are offering their time and expertise voluntarily to help turn our vision into reality.

Meet our Patrons

Greg Barker, Baron Barker of Battle, is the former MP for Bexhill and Battle and served for four years as Minister of State for Climate Change. He was created a life peer in October 2015.

Sir Quentin Blake is the renowned cartoonist, illustrator and writer. Best known for his illustrations of Roald Dahl’s series of children’s books, in 1999 he became the inaugural British Children’s Laureate.

Kevin Cox is the Chairman of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. After founding Origin Publishing in 1997, Kevin assumed responsibility for a number of titles following Origin’s purchase by the BBC, including BBC Wildlife Magazine. A keen conservationist, Kevin is also a Trustee of the World Land Trust, an organisation dedicated to protecting and sustainably managing natural ecosystems worldwide.

Sarah Raven is an internationally-acclaimed gardener, writer and broadcaster. A weekly columnist for the Daily Telegraph, she has written a host of gardening and cookery books, many of them based around her nursery and farm at Perch Hill, Sussex.

Amber Rudd is Conservative Constituency MP for Hastings & Rye since 2010, Amber has served in a number of Cabinet role including Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Home Secretary.

Keith Taylor MEP is Green Party Member of the European Parliament for the South East of England since 2010, Keith was formerly the Green Party’s principal spokesperson between 2004-2006.


You can find out more about the various teams responsible for the different aspects of the Project here:

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